Employees of the Department of Waste Management (DWM) are disgruntled about the issue of illegal dumping in the territory and want government to intervene.
BVI News was recently invited to witness the day-to-day activities of the workers of that department, first-hand.
Their daily backbreaking routine involves clearing broken glass and old sheets of galvanized metal, as well as clearing wood, furniture, and appliances that are continuously dumped near the territory’s dumpsters.
The DWM said illegal dumping mainly happens at ‘blind spot’ locations such as the dumpster near a well-known nightclub in Free Bottom, and truck drivers are being described as the main culprits.
“We urge people to take these things to the dump at Pockwood Pond. It wasn’t so bad before but after the storm, the trucks are getting more jobs and the majority of the stuff, they come in and dump them in these areas,” said Programme Supervisor at DWM, Gareen Nibbs.
“Imagine you paying someone to take out your stuff to the dump and you come next to a bin and you meet all your stuff there. Imagine how you would feel. It is not only for us who are doing these kinds of work, it is for these people too.”
More work for employees
Nibbs said cleaning up waste from prohibited dump sites practice is time-consuming to his department.
“We take at least one day out of the week to deal with it; mostly on a Friday. But, if we see it get too bad before [that day], we will tackle it.”
“Sometimes you might see the guys taking a break and say these guys don’t do any work but this is what we have to deal with on a daily basis,” he added.
Government’s intervention needed
David ‘Frenchie’ Douglas, who has been working with the department for the last seven years, said government should address the matter.
“I’m tired of every time we clean; they dump stuff all over. The government need to do something about that. They need to put something in place because lawd we working hard– too hard. Every week is the same thing.”
The DWM has the legal authority fine perpetrators for illegal dumping, BVI News was told.
The department said persons who are unable to properly dispose of their bulky waste can alert the DWM to assist at no cost.
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